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Brendan Steele |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/5/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 175
College: Univ California-Riverside

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Brendan Steele settled for an even-par 34-37=71 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National to secure a top-10 finish at 2-under 282.
Steele stepped onto the 18th tee just one off the lead in real time, and a par would have put plenty of pressure on Justin Rose as he tried to close out the victory. Instead of doing that, he blocked his drive right and hit his second shot into the drink, eventually writing down a double-bogey six. In all, he circled five birdies and squared three bogeys to go with the double. Three of those birdies were outside of 12 feet, including a 36'5" bomb at the par-4 fifth. Jun 29 - 5:33 PM

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Brendan Steele arrived at the halfway point of the Quicken Loans National in 2-under-par 74-66=140 and sits four strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.

Just when it seemed that he'd fail to extend the form that led to the 18-hole lead and an eventual T5 at TPC River Highlands last week, he stumbled in the lid-lifter at Congressional. Today, he flipped the script back in his favor, hitting 14 greens in regulation and holing six birdies against a sloppy bogey at the par-4 18th where he whiffed on his par attempt from just 52 inches. The par breakers included rolls of 12'10" and 16 feet at Nos. 4 and 17, respectively.
Jun 27 - 2:01 PM

Brendan Steele fashioned a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the final round of the Travelers Championship, taking over as the leader in the clubhouse at 12-under 268.

Steele recorded 21 par breakers on the week, offsetting those with 12 bogeys. He rolled in six putts from outside six feet on the day, including a 44'11" eagle bomb on the par-5 13th hole. The biggest story of the week for Steele was his switch to a traditional-length putter. Given these instant results, the new putter is likely here to stay. This will go down as Steele's first top 10 since the Northern Trust Open in February.
Jun 22 - 4:38 PM

Overnight leader Brendan Steele followed his opening 62 at the Travelers Championship with a 1-under-par 36-33=69 to post 9-under 131, two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

While shootouts tend to mask the fact that they're actually putting contests, even that label implies that guys are racking up greens in regulation. This isn't necessarily so. Steele hit only 11 GIR today and got up and down for par just twice, settling for bogeys on each of the other five holes. He also circled an eagle-3 at 15 and four straight birdies coming in, including rolls from 11'9" and 37'3" at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. What's more, he was perfect on all 16 tries inside 10 feet. So, the best putter may, indeed, emerge in a shootout, but only if he's also either hitting a high number of GIR or holing putts from everywhere.
Jun 20 - 5:15 PM

Brendan Steele ripped up TPC River Highlands for an eagle and six birdies en route to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 30-32=62 in his opening round of the Travelers Championship, good for the comfortable clubhouse lead.

This had special day written all over it when Steele opened with an eagle from the fairway 129 yards out at the par-4 first hole, and then chased it with a standard-issue birdie at the par-4 second. He'd pick up five more birdies, including a roll from 22'8" at the par-3 11th. Overall, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation. The only time he was threaten by a bogey or worse, Steele drilled home the par save from 21'10" at the par-4 third. This matches his career-low aggregate on the PGA TOUR, set first in the third round of the WM Phoenix Open four-and-a-half months ago. He has a pair of T13s in three tries at TPC River Highlands, but hadn't scored lower than 64.
Jun 19 - 12:37 PM

Brendan Steele enters the Memorial Tournament ranked 70th in the FedExCup standings.

Steele was finding some form recently with back-to-back top 30s before falling short at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. After a week of rest, he'll hop back on the horse at a venue where he's 2-for-3 in his career. With eight top 30s in 17 events, we know the upside is there. However, the six missed cuts is also a reminder of Steele's inconsistency.
May 27 - 10:05 AM

Brendan Steele will try and tackle TPC Louisiana at this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Steele had a disappointing Texas two-stop with missed cuts at the Valero Texas Open as well as the Shell Houston Open. Overall, it has been a successful season for Steele, and if he manages to secure his sixth top 25 of the season it would match his top 25 total from each of the past two seasons.
Apr 23 - 11:33 AM

Brendan Steele opened the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 4-under-par 34-34=68, finishing six strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Steele is well on his way to the FedExCup Playoffs thanks to a pair of top 10s and another two top 25s. He arrived at Bay Hill ranked 55th in points. So, while he may not be resonating with the casual fan, he's paying dividends for gamers in all formats. Today's walk featured only 11 greens in regulation, but he still went 7-for-7 in scrambling. Alas, a three-putt bogey from 50-and-a-half feet at the par-4 10th resulted in his only blemish. Otherwise, he enjoyed an eight-yard hole-out from the rough for birdie at 7 and a jarred bunker blast from 11 yards at 12. Steele also poured in respective par saves from 13'8" and 12'4" at Nos. 8 and 14.
Mar 20 - 5:43 PM

Brendan Steele reached the midpoint of The Honda Classic in 5-under-par 69-66=135 and was the last of 17 inside the top 10 at the conclusion of the second round.

Steele has been clawing back into our consciousness nicely this season thanks to two top 10s and another pair of top 25s. He was 45th in the FedExCup standings prior to the Honda. Today's trot around PGA National featured three notable conversions. Two came traditionally with putts from 34'10" and 25'4" at the first and seventh holes, respectively, but the best was a hole-out from a greenside bunker 14 yards away at the par-4 fourth. It capped a run of four straight birdies to begin his round and serve notice that he's planning on being a contender yet again this weekend.
Feb 28 - 6:45 PM

Brendan Steele spun a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in the final round of the Northern Trust Open, snaring a top 10 at 9-under 275.

Steele finished hot, circling birdie on the 17th and 18th holes after trading two birdies for two bogeys over his first 16. His irons were on fire in the finale, landing 17 GIR. This joins a T6 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as his second top 10 in three starts.
Feb 16 - 5:49 PM

Brendan Steele picked up his first top 10 of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season with a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Steele's 13-under 271 is good for a share of sixth with Charles Howell III and Ryan Moore. Steele's five birdies and two bogeys came on the heels of his 9-under 62 in the third round, as he played the weekend at TPC Scottsdale in 11-under. He picked up 3.487 strokes with the flat stick, and ranked fourth in strokes gained-putting for the week at 1.64.
Feb 2 - 6:18 PM

Brendan Steele blistered TPC Scottsdale for a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-30=62 in his third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 11-under 202, good for outright possession of the 54-hole clubhouse lead.

After opening with a 66 on Thursday, Steele stumbled to shoot 74 in the second round and earn a tee time on No. 10 today. He'll start on 1 in the final round thanks to nine birdies today, including conversions from 20'7", 15'5" and 19'6" at the 18th, fifth and eighth holes, respectively. He hit 15 greens in regulation. He hadn't gone lower than 64 (three times) before today's new career low. At the time he signed his card, his strokes gained-putting measurement for the round was north of 2.680.
Feb 1 - 4:12 PM

Brendan Steele ripped off a 5-under-par 32-34=66 for his opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

This guy loves TPC Scottsdale, or at least his game fits it wonderfully. He tied for fifth in 2012, and then backed it up with a T6 last year. Today's score is actually his fifth-highest in 13 competitive walks around the property. He hit 15 greens in regulation and erased two bogeys with seven birdies. Three among the set traveled longer than 10 feet, including rolls of 18'6" and 26'7" at the 11th and 12th holes, respectively.
Jan 30 - 7:20 PM

Brendan Steele makes his fourth appearance at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open.

Steele has enjoyed a modicum of success here in his few chances, tying for 17th in his first trip back in 2011 and sharing 27th in 2013. While he's flying a bit under the radar in 2013-14, he's having a solid year. He's netted two top-25 finishes in just five starts, but missed the cut last week in the Humana Challenge in his only start of 2014.
Jan 21 - 8:21 PM

Brendan Steele took advantage of the new PGA TOUR schedule with four starts in the 2013-14 Fall Series.

When the new schedule was announced with the season beginning at the Open following the TOUR Championship, it was anyone's guess as to the fields the Fall Series tournaments would attract. As it turned out, many of the players a rung below the elite used it as a way to jump start their seasons. Put Steele in that category, as he secured three cuts with two top 25s, grabbing 108 precious FedExCup points in the process. Since his current status doesn't extend past this season, it would appear his early heavy load was a prudent strategy.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 12:24:00 PM